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17:01 22nd October 2011

Report: Plymouth 0 Town 1

A goal eight minutes from time from winger Raffaele De Vita helped Town secure a valuable away victory at Home Park. It had been a tense affair against the Pilgrims but having had the better of the second period, the Robins made their move late on to take all three points. 

Town boss Paolo Di Canio kept faith with the side that took all three points on the road at Accrington seven days ago, naming an unchanged line-up for the first time this season. Mehdi Kerrouche replaced Alessandro Cibocchi on the bench with Nathan Thompson and Mattia Lanzano - who travelled with the squad - looking on from the stands. It was the home side who made the early running, forcing three corners inside the first ten minutes with Aden Flint having to deal with several early crosses from out wide. Curtis Nelson saw his rasping 20-yard effort blocked on 11 minutes with the rebound falling to Robbie Williams who shot straight at Wes Foderingham. 

The home side could have opened the scoring on 16 minutes with the fourth Pilgrims' corner of the game headed down by Nelson but cleared off the line by Matt Ritchie. Jake Jervis had the first opening for the visitors but after good interplay from fellow loanees Montano and Ridehalgh, the Birmingham frontman headed wide from 14 yards out. Ritchie had a chance on 34 minutes following a deep cross from the impressive Ridehalgh, but the winger got up at the back post but headed straight at 'keeper Jake Cole. Ritchie had another effort shortly before the break but his close range effort was denied by a determined block from Ben Gibson.

The half-time whistle blew after one minute of added first half time with Di Canio making one change after the interval, introducing Mehdi Kerrouche in place of Montano in the frontline. Aden Flint came to Town's rescue to deny the home side the first goal of the game on the hour mark. A throw from Williams made its way to Simon Walton but the midfielder's powerful drive was blocked by Flint. Swindon then came into the game past the hour mark with Jervis firing over from close range following a cross from Ritchie, before the Birmingham loanee then drove a shot narrowly wide from distance.

Further chances came Town's way with Smith glancing a header just past the post before Foderingham saved superbly from close range to deny substitiute Jamie Griffiths with his first touch of the game. The breakthrough came on 82 minutes with superb football from Town carving open the home backline. With Kerrouche, Ferry and Jervis all all involved in the build-up - Ferry played the ball was through to Raffaele De Vita on the left hand edge of the box and the winger drove his shot into the corner of the net past Cole. 

After the goal Smith was replaced by Oliver Risser in the heart of the midfield before Alan Connell replaced Jervis prior to the full-time whistle sealing back to back Town victories.

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